Cuba 2015, 07-08
Two days are combined into one blog here. You will see why…
Trinidad is great, and we look forward to a full day here.
We enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel before heading out into the streets. For us, Cuba is about walking, exploring, and meeting people, finding photographs along the way. Meeting people is the best cultural exchange ever. You see them in their daily lives, get invited into their homes.
Arnie has found a good spot for the group shot, but we must hurry or the light will get harsh.
As we exit the hotel, however, we see a gorgeous Merc, 40s vintage, and chat with the owner. We are not quite sure where he got it, but it involved a ten-year restoration with his brother and father. Does his brother get to drive it, too? Oh no, his brother is a very bad driver. It turns out, this is the father of the bride, and as in so many countries, there is a very special car for the bride and groom.
We still need to do the group shot, but it is like herding cats. We manage to get the people under the shady arcade of the government building. These photographs are always a fun remembrance of the adventure and the friendships made.
Several of us have items that the school across the plaza from the hotel can use. We meet the head of the school and one of the teachers, and they are thankful for the school supplies, soaps, etc. that will make their lives easier. Supplies in Cuba, after all, are often very hard to get.
We gather in the plaza and splinter off into smaller groups. Many people are heading out to a farm and viewpoint with Edel on the bus. After that, he will give them a walking tour of Trinidad. Others want to wander on their own, and a third group comes with Arnie and me.
There is a colorful building across the plaza that catches the eye of several of us. Normally, we do not feature skies, but this one is naturally polarized and adds color to the graphics of the image.
A corner vegetable stand beckons. Painted in gay, Caribbean colors, it is enticing. Customers come and go, some on foot, some on bicycles.
Bicycles are definitely a favored mode of transportation in Trinidad. It is cheap, and there is a repair shop around the corner if a tire needs to be fixed. I loved the colors here.
After walking the more modest section of town, we head up the hill to the historic section. A man is working on a ’57 Ford. My mother had one, and I am trying to imagine where it is now. A junk yard, or is someone keeping it going?
There is an oil can and the spare tire decorating the street for now. After all, the tire has to come out of the trunk in order to get the repair tools.
We have fun photographing the whole scene, but it is time to move on and explore different cobbled streets. As we walk up the street, I see two cowboys, one with Continue reading